tv Weekend News Al Jazeera September 13, 2015 1:00am-1:31am EDT
>> tens of thousands of people across europe rally in support of refugees coming to the e.u. hello. welcome to al jazeera. also ahead, we report from the turkish city where there is grief and anger after nine days of government bombardment. six months after a cyclone, we look at the efforts to rebuild. and a steel import from china stealing jobs from south afric
africans. a top u.n. official says 1 million more civilians could be displaced by the end of this year. the coordinator says something must be done to resolve the war or the exodus will continue. on saturday tens of thousands of people rallied in support of the refugees. they gathered from stockholm to madrid. >> reporter: it's a simple, heart-felt message, that refugees are welcome in britain. the mood was optimistic, by coming out in large numbers, they can shame their government into taking in more refugees and in particular, syrians fleeing
conflict. >> germany and sweden are taking more than their fair share. i believe we should be taking in the same number of refugees. >> i put myself in their position. i would want people to treat me well if i happened to have to flee england. so that's why i'm here, really. >> this is central london, it took one hour for the crowd to march past opposition. >> the british government argues it gives far more in foreign aid than any other country in europe. the thousands of people who have come out today, are saying that that is not enough and that britain should be doing more. >> but an impressive turnout doesn't mean this crowd is necessarily representative of britain as a whole. many british people feel this country has taken in too many immigrants in recent years. prime minister david cameron will want to be in step with
public opinion. for all the passion on london streets, he may feel he's done enough to placate his critics. >> there are anti-immigration marchers, too this was the scene in warsaw. thousands gathered. the rally was organized by two well known far right groups opposed to the government's plans to accept more refugees. >> i'm here because i don't agree and we all don't agree for [indiscernible] europe and poland. >> they are so desperate to leave, iraqis are also fleeing fighting. they are traveling to turkey right-hand rely on smugglers. but as we report, not everyone survives the journey.
>> reporter: they mourn their children, a 9-year-old and 11-year-old. the family left iraq from turkey. smugglers promised they would get them to greece. in a boat meant to hold five people, the smugglers pack in 10. it capsized. this was the same boat that the three-year-old who washed up on the coast was on. the image of his body lying on the beach shocked many. their mother describes the moment she lost her children. >> translator: the boat capsized on my head and my children's heads as well. they were wearing life jackets, they floated on the surface, but the sea waves were huge and the boat was on top of their heads.
i was along side them under water. i was not wearing a life jacket, i kept drowning and going under. i didn't see them afterwards. the coast guard came to us after an hour. i don't know, maybe more than an hour. we started looking for them during the nighttime, but we could not find them. the next morning the tide rolled the bodies ashore. >> they lived in a well to do maybe hood. they could afford to pay smugglers to get them to greece. the vast majority of people fleeing the violence in iraq live in camps like these. they can't afford the kind of money the smugglers ask for. but if they could afford to pay, they would leave. this camp has a family. they say they are losing hope. >> i have family in turkey.
i'm too embarrassed to ask them for money. if i had money, i would leave iraq today. there is nothing for me here. violence at home, hardship in this camp. >> the family never reached greece and they are now back in baghdad. some 6,000 iraqis have fled this year. but that figure marks only the unofficials. at least 89 people have been killed after two explosions. first blasts blew up in a restaurant. the blast caused a second explosion at a nearby building. the restaurant and the building next door were flattened. the turkish government
lifted a nine day curfew in a southeast city. it was needed as part of an operation against kurdish fighters. but residents were terrified, running out of food and water. the damage caused during the siege is only now being revealed. >> stuck indoors for nine days, the people were finally allowed out. with the government curfew lifted, they were able to inspect what was left of the neighborhoods. many could express only anger and grief. >> translator: they were in front of our house and fired randomly. we felt like prisoners. >> translator: all my children were awake. we ran to the backyard, they fired on us. >> translator: we were terrified, we didn't have electricity, we didn't have food. what did we do to deserve this?
>> reporter: the city was sealed off as they launched a campaign against the pkk. fighting surged after two year cease fire collapsed. with the pkk behind a string of attacks. the ruling party, the prime minister pledged to continue to fight against the pkk. >> translator: we will give severe punishments for those who destroy the peace. their headquarters in northern iraq are being wiped out with the operations by the forces of the turkish republic and turkish army. >> reporter: but there are concerns that civilians are paying too high a price in these
operations. the council of europe is demanding immediate access for observers to impact the curfew. people were deprived of food and medical care and subjected to disproportionate use of force. exactly six months ago a category 5 cyclone hit var vanu. we are there now. how is the recovery going? >> reporter: the recovery is well under way. it's been six months. tourism was one of the key components of this country's economy. about 40% of the economy. resorts like the one behind me were crucial. that resort isn't opiate. there is a long slope t go
before the economy gets up and running. friday, the 13th of march is when cyclone pummeled with winds of 250 kilometres an hour. it had done damage on the island further north. over the next 24 hours it crept closely, devastating about everything in its wake. people had warning it was on its way. as a result, a relatively low number of people died. 11 people were killed by the storm, but the damage was vast. 90% of the buildings were damaged in some way in some of the more remote villages, smaller islands to where i stood, the majority of houses were flattened. i'm joined by tim from save the children. it's been six months. are they back on their feet yet? >> i think the scars are
healing, the houses are better, children are back in school. there is so much more that needs to be done. children are learning in tents. it's just so much work that we and the rest of the community and communities themselves need to do to rectify things. >> i have been around the country and i have seen one of the issues is food security and water security. no one is starving, but there are problems. >> we are experiencing dry season. there is el ninò in the region and we are predicting much less rainfall. people are seeing less water, a lot of people rely on water for harvesting. they are running low. >> tens of millions of dollars was donated by government. is more needed?
>> i think there is a lot more needed for the work that's going to be needed for this country. the schools just need complete rebuilding to get people with the facilities they deserve. health facilities also need a lot of work. where donors can be generous and continue to give, it's important. >> thank you. slowly but surely this country is getting back on its feet. but the weather since the storm has been relatively benign. the trouble is the next sigh loan season is on its way, two months away. not everyone has shelter. the concern now is that there isn't enough structures on the island for people to prepare for the coming cyclone season. >> thank you very much, andrew. we are going to some breaking news coming to us now. a number of israeli soldiers
entered the al axa compound. there is reports they are using tear gas. soldiers entered the compound to arrest palestinian stone throwers. we'll get you more on that as we get it. coming up in the bulletin -- >> these refugees were granted asylum last year. now they want to go back to where they came from. >> floodwaters begin to recede in japan revealing the full scale of the damage.
>> these are the top stories on al jazeera. we begin with news coming to us from jerusalem. a number of israeli soldiers have entered a compound in jerusalem. there are reports that they are using tear gas. israeli police say that the soldiers entered the compound to arrest palestinian stone throwers. we'll get you more on that as it becomes available. tens of thousands of people have rallied to help the refugees arriving on the continent. the turkish government lifted a nine day curfew. it was needed with operations against kurdish fighters.
let's return to our top story. the refugee voices. crisis. families say they want to go home. there is no future and they need to leave to find better jobs. >> they keep from lebanon last year. five families escaping war. the uruguay government gave them asylum. they want to leave. her husband died in the syrian city. she says life is not what they were expecting. >> they promised us everything, but there is no future here for me or my children. everything is expensive here. i work but it's not enough. >> 42 people from syria and the government, they were given financial assistance for two
years, a home and a promise of a better life. but these people say that life is not what they expected. >> even though the government has given these refugees a home, they have been spending time in this warehouse. they want to go from here to the airport because here their children do not have a future. the government provided them with travel documents, but not all countries recognize them. maria was a farmer. he says he was thankful for what he was given, but he's afraid of what will happen once the government help stops. life is expensive. i can't live here. >> but the human rights secretary here those uncertainties are expected during the adaptation process.
>> we believe after two years people are ready to fly on their own, that's why the state stopped supporting them. after that, they can get healthcare, education and a house. but we can't give them more privileges than other people, that would generate a problem in their own integration. >> they are getting ready to receive 72 more refugees. but what is happening with the families already here has raised concerns. another example, escaping conflict is only the beginning of a difficult and long journey ahead. the u.n. special envoy to syria is due to submit his peace plan to the arab league. he met different sides in the conflict. he said there is a general agreement that a political solution is the only way forward. his predecessor resigned in may of last year after failed talks
in geneva. 16 people remain missing after a typhoon in japan. flooding and landslides have displaced a thousand people. >> officials have moved quickly to try to repair the break in the river bank along the river because they are concerned, of course, that the typhoon season isn't over in japan. and the need to plug that gap as quickly as possible before the water level rises again. there had been a plan in place to fortify all the bangs so they could withstand the sort of rainfall that might occur once every ten years. clearly, that plan came too late for this disaster. there are still thousands of people in evacuation centers, areas like this too devastated for people to be able to return to just yet. still a lot of water lying around, infrastructure has been destroyed in places like this.
so people can't come back to their homes and some may not be able to return for quite some time. still a lot of water lying around. so officials brought in more pumps to try to lower the water level as quickly as possible. south africa steel industry is facing massive job cuts with more than 30,000 jobs at risk. >> steel worker is spending his day off from work with his family. he's been a furnace operator and steel manufacturer. but now there is no work. >> we got affected by the import. the number that is coming inside the country is the one affecting us because of the people that are used to us. now coming from outside the country. >> he's been promised he will be moved to another plant.
but he's worried. >> everybody is depending on me. i look at the future of my kids, i don't see anything about it. if i were to lose my job, it means they are the ones that are going to suffer more. >> the sector employs almost 200,000 people. but the industry is in big trouble. this is just one of thousands of workers who could be laid off in the next few months. the steel sector is struggling to survive in tough market conditions. with more than 70% of this community alone dependent on the industry, businesses and unions are scrambling to save jobs. with a devalued currency and low manufacturing costs, chinese steel is flooding the market. steel imports have gone up by 20%. unions want government to protect the local industry by hiking tariffs and banning the ex-pore tags of scrap. >> we view this as a national
crisis. we think that in south africa, for any person whose got a job, support five to six extended families. but if you allow this industry to be destroyed, it will take more than ten years to try to rebuild it. >> but there may not be a clear cut solution. >> if you give protection at the beginning of the pipeline, everybody down the line will suffer. when you protect your economy, you get price escalation. there is a danger if we go too far to the other side, that we'll run into the same constraints. >> the union says the response from government appears to be positive. the talks resuming weeks from now, he faces an anxious wait. let's go back to that breaking news from jerusalem. a number of israeli soldiers entered a compound in jerusalem.
these are the latest pictures. they are using tear gas. police say they entered to arrest palestinian stone throwers. it's one of the holiest sites in islam. veteran left winger is the new leader of britain's opposition labor party. he gained 60% of votes. he has a tough job uniting a divided labor party. >> 251,000. >> this was the moment british politics became interesting again. a man winning the fight to lead the labor party. his opponents who cast him as a rellic surely have to ask themselves if jeremy is such an old fool, how did he manage to win 60% of the vote.
>> the media and maybe many of us simply didn't understand the views of many young people within our society. they have been written off as a nonpolitical generation who are simply not interested, hence the low turnout and low level of registration of young people in the last general election. they weren't. they are a very political generation that were turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted. >> in england, he's as far to the left as any political leader in europe. he's a passivist who is against the renewal of british nuclear weapons. he wants a conference on peace in syria. he's an opponent of the controversial trans-atlantic trade talks. and he demands that big corporations in london stop avoiding tax.
he wants the readies tribecause of wealth to the poor. his growing band of supporters was like an oasis of hope in a desert of bland corporate politics. >> what's not to like? >> supposedly modern labor party, it was a total disaster. >> i think it's inconceivable that he could lead the victory in the 2020 general election. but a lot of people take a different view and a huge number of people voted for him today. he has a massive mandate. so he has the right to try to prove people like me wrong. >> he now faces months if not years of open warfare from his political enemy and from corporate media which, by and large, despites everything he stands for. his vision is a popular movement taking on entrenched corporate
interests from the bottom up. it means a road back to relevance for the labor party or the beginning of a funeral procession. he was on the road immediately with thousands demanding that the u.k. take in more refugees. he's not used to anything like this. the question is whether the public, so disillusioned with politics, see him as the man to fight that corner. the golden lion award has been awarded to the venezuela film fest, we look at the winners and themes that dominated this year's festival. >> translator: a surprise win for a first time venezuela director with a film depicting a
slow blossoming relationship between a middle age loaner and a young street kid. he's been all but unknown, but he will catapult into a different league. and give him a huge voice. >> i'm very positive, we are an amazing nation and we are going to start talking to each other more. and we'll go through, i'm sure about it. >> the critics say it's grateful and subtle. because it's in spanish, this award will give it much needed international exposure. >> it's a very controlled film. i can see why they want for the incredibly assured film. it's strong in what it wants to say. however, i think it's also quite mysterious and difficult for people to he embrace.
>> the best director went to argentina. one of the many films based on a true story about a famous kidnapping family and 1980s reign of terror in argentina. some fantastic performances. but the biggest applause is for abraham, he won best actor playing a nine-year-old soldier in beasts of nation. he play it had well. bringing to life the disturbing reality endured by thousands of children in uganda and liberia. contrasted with the glamour of the red carpet, films engaged with issues that people are concerned about. the screen exploded with images
of war, conflict and the vast migration bringing hundreds of thousands of refugees to the shores of europe. so it should. film is a universal language. where it can, it should shine a spotlight on the suffering of millions. they could have been saved also ahead - a cold war thaw and how it froze out cubans seeking a new life in the u.s. >> the problem on "america tonight" an attempt to protect women from campus sex sult by strengthening the law. why would anyone do that. >> if you bring law enforcement in at an early stage and they are told there's reporting requirements, i think the officer is more likely to recommend that it go criminal, criminal. lori jane gliha on whether they could have been saved also ahead - a cold war thaw